First political prisoners walk free in Sudan

Published April 2nd, 2013 - 08:07 GMT
Political prisoner freed from Kober Prison, Khartoum in the early hours of April 2 (AFP Photo)
Political prisoner freed from Kober Prison, Khartoum in the early hours of April 2 (AFP Photo)

6 political prisoners in Sudan were freed early on Tuesday, according to AFP.

Sudan President Omar al-Bashir vowed to release all political detainees in the country in a speech to parliament on Monday.

The 6 men were reunited with emotional family members at the gates of Kober Prison in Khartoum North.

Most of them are thought to have been imprisoned two months ago, for taking part in a political conference which established a charter calling for an end to Bashir's rule, by force or by peaceful means.

In February Human Rights Watch had called for the opposition party members detained by the government to either be charged or released.

Bashir opened the country's new parliament on Monday, promising to release all political prisoners, in a bid to foster dialogue between the government and opposition groups. The move comes as tensions between Sudan and its neighbour South Sudan have gradually eased in recent months.


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